The Gamble

J.J. Guerrero

Founder and Executive Editor of Canucks Hockey Blog. Proud Canadian, hardcore Canucks fan. I would like nothing more than watching the Canucks win the Stanley Cup. Against the Leafs.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Brown/1216816811 David Brown

    Personally I feel trading Cody was the single reason for the
    loss to the Coyotes. Motivation is a huge part of any game and this would
    have de-motivated even the keenest player. Let’s take the best prospect of a
    young star who has been a great team player and game winner, and then get
    rid of him against his wishes!!!! How does that look to the rest of the team?
    Coaches can only loose games, players win them, and both are only there for the
    fans, so when the fans don’t believe in the direction of the club then all is lost. This trade has thrown
    away another Stanley Cup. A bit harsh, let’s wait and see… I have coached
    field hockey at elite level and know that it’s more about mind set and a good skill base at this level than brawn. Sure we need muscle and sure we need size but the team
    we had before the trade was better than any Canucks team before, and plenty strong enough to succeed. And they had
    heart. It would have been better to trade Vigneault than Hodgeson. The coach is
    obviously a bit of a moron, unless I judge him too harshly and he vehemently
    opposed the trade (which I doubt). Vancouver Canucks have just launched themselves
    into another 40 years of “no Stanley Cup”. Tough road back…  I hope I’m proved wrong but I am shattered. P.S.
    I think Gillis is a clown, treating Cody like that. But that’s just me being bitter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Brown/1216816811 David Brown

    Personally I feel trading Cody was the single reason for the
    loss to the Coyotes. Motivation is a huge part of any game and this would
    have de-motivated even the keenest player. Let’s take the best prospect of a
    young star who has been a great team player and game winner, and then get
    rid of him against his wishes!!!! How does that look to the rest of the team?
    Coaches can only loose games, players win them, and both are only there for the
    fans, so when the fans don’t believe in the direction of the club then all is lost. This trade has thrown
    away another Stanley Cup. A bit harsh, let’s wait and see… I have coached
    field hockey at elite level and know that it’s more about mind set and a good skill base at this level than brawn. Sure we need muscle and sure we need size but the team
    we had before the trade was better than any Canucks team before, and plenty strong enough to succeed. And they had
    heart. It would have been better to trade Vigneault than Hodgeson. The coach is
    obviously a bit of a moron, unless I judge him too harshly and he vehemently
    opposed the trade (which I doubt). Vancouver Canucks have just launched themselves
    into another 40 years of “no Stanley Cup”. Tough road back…  I hope I’m proved wrong but I am shattered. P.S.
    I think Gillis is a clown, treating Cody like that. But that’s just me being bitter.

  • http://canuckshockeyblog.com/ J.J. Guerrero

    Canucks were playing their 7th game in 11 days. That could’ve factored in the loss too.

    Personally, I’m not sold on the trade because I think we traded one grade A prospect for two grade B prospects.  That said, Kassian (and Gragnani later) adds something to this team that is sorely lacking.  He adds size, he adds options, especially for the playoffs.

    I know it’s only a one-game sample, but I’m feeling better about the trade after watching him last night.  Joined Kesler on the second line for a few shifts and had some good chances.  Led the team with 5 hits.  Almost scored.  Very noticeable.

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